Elon Musk has reportedly been reaching out to artificial intelligence researchers in recent weeks toward setting up a research lab to develop an alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

According to a report in The Information, the move stems from Musk’s dissatisfaction with the security measures OpenAI has incorporated into ChatGPT to prevent it from producing text that offends users.

Musk and some conservative commentators have also accused OpenAI of training ChatGPT to “wake up”.

Writing for National Review in January, Nate Hochman announced that he had found an underlying ideological bias in ChatGPT.

“It is unclear whether this was a feature of ChatGPT from the beginning or if it is a recent improvement to the algorithm, but it appears that the crackdown on ‘misinformation’ that we have seen across technology platforms in recent years – which often turns into more brazen attempts to stifle or silence viewpoints that disagree with progressive conservatism – now also a feature of ChatGPT,” he wrote.

avoiding controversy

Will Duffield, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, counters, however, that what appears to some to be an ideological bias is actually an attempt to avoid controversy.

“Voc is the wrong framing,” Duffield told TechNewsWorld.

“OpenAI’s chatbot and DALL-E are also tuned to avoid controversial topics,” he continued. “That doesn’t mean they’re designed to arouse. In order to avoid controversy, they tend to mirror what society as a whole has deemed controversial.

For example, he explained that if you ask ChatGPT to write a poem about Biden and one about Trump, it will write a poem about Biden but not Trump.

“It’s not because someone at OpenAI tuned the model to avoid Trump, but because Trump is a controversial figure,” he said. “If you read everything that’s been written about Biden and Trump over the past 10 years, you come away with the impression that Trump is more controversial.”

Musk can bring transparency

Greg Sterling, co-founder of Near Media, a news, commentary and analysis website, also found the Jagran criticism unfair.

“OpenAI and Microsoft are trying to prevent ChatGPT from generating hateful or racist content, which is both responsible and practical to do,” Sterling told TechNewsWorld. “Any brand associated with AI hate speech or misinformation will be tarnished in the public mind.”

But Mark N. Vena, president and principal analyst at SmartTech Research in San Jose, California, argued that there have been too many examples in the media of OpenAI’s apparent awareness of the technology.

“In all fairness, OpenAI is still in a testing phase, and given some of the market’s reportedly negative reaction to it, I doubt OpenAI will dial it back over time,” Vena told TechNewsWorld.

He added that if Musk becomes part of the AI ​​landscape, it could be a good thing for the technology.

“Given the approach management has brought to Twitter — whether you like it or don’t like it — their focus on transparency could be a good thing,” he said.

“I expect him to focus on being highly transparent about the algorithms that Twitter can use with his own ChatGPT implementation, and you can see him promoting a stronger code of conduct,” he said. to continue.

“I think we should be open-minded about the changes they can bring to ChatGPT Play,” said Vena.

traffic magnet

Twitter could benefit from reports of Musk getting into the AI ​​chat business, observed Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Retical Research, a consumer technology advisory firm in New York City.

“ChatGPT has become an incredible traffic magnet, and it’s impossible to ignore when you’re in the attention game like Twitter. You have to answer that,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“AI could also give users a way to mine the incredible amount of data and perspective that scroll through Twitter every day,” he continued.

“Keeping up with the content you want to follow on Twitter has always been challenging because there’s so much noise out there,” Rubin said. “AI can be helpful in that area.”

Musk AI could also benefit from its relationship with Twitter. “They have data from Twitter, which could be an interesting trove of information to train AIs with,” Duffield said.

“If Musk really wants to differentiate its AI product, it should use models that users can run on their own machines and determine their own weights and biases.” “That kind of freedom will ultimately be what matters most in the AI ​​space.”

Bing AI comes to Windows 11

Bob O’Donnell, founder and principal analyst at Technalysis Research, a technology market research and consulting firm in Foster City, California, predicted that many companies would be developing large language models like ChatGPT.

“Since they’re incredibly expensive to develop, you need someone with Musk’s money to control those kinds of efforts,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“I don’t know that whatever Musk does is going to make a huge difference,” he said. “What I do know is that we are going to see many companies trying this with many different approaches. Ultimately it is going to come down to what people find useful.

While Musk prepares to enter the AI ​​chat arena, Microsoft continues to expand the use of the technology in its products. It announced on Tuesday that the latest version of Windows 11 will incorporate AI-powered Bing directly into the taskbar.

“The search box is one of the most widely used features on Windows, with more than half a billion users every month, and now with the typeable Windows Search Box and the new AI-powered Bing front and center of this experience , you’ll be empowered to find the answers you’re looking for, faster than ever,” Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay wrote in a company blog.

There have been some hiccups in Microsoft’s aggressive rollout of AI-based products, but slowing down doesn’t seem to be an option.

“There will be setbacks, but it’s really more about Microsoft’s ability to adjust on the fly and update with new guardrails and better training,” said Jason Wong, vice president and analyst at Gartner, a research and advisory firm based in Stamford, Conn. Is.” , told TechNewsworld.

“There is so much potential with generative AI that being early rather than late to market at this point is worth the risk,” he added.

Elon Musk has said on record that the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) effort is “a scam” that has been “weaponized by fake Social Justice Warriors.”

Had we been back in the early 2000s, he would have been right. At the time, Dell’s ESG plan was to plant one tree for each compliance sale. Institutions that carried out ecotourism-based social justice programs were infamous for supporting those who paid them and punished them, with little effect on real sustainability.

But that was then, and now companies like Dell, HP and Lenovo report billions of dollars in additional sales due to actual ESG efforts. These efforts are having a significant impact on the amount of waste that is thrown back into the environment.

What I find ironic is that two CEOs Musk, whose Tesla and Hyperloop efforts benefit from the world’s focus on sustainability, seem to be anti-sustainability, while Michael Dell, where ESG is a natural fit for his company. Sales is not the driver, protection of the planet is everything.

Let’s compare these two CEOs’ focus on sustainability this week, and we’ll close out with our new favorite part of Office 365, Microsoft Designer, the DAL-E2-focused, AI-powered solution that’s my product of the week.

Tech’s ESG focus lacks irony

Last week, Dell held an after-dell Technologies World event to address any questions the press and analyst communities might have.

Dell was recently ranked the most preferred workspace, followed by neither Apple, nor Amazon, nor Facebook — all of which didn’t even make the rankings, and one of which is experiencing a massive increase in union activity. Amazon and Facebook are newer than Dell, and more popular with Apple users, and yet those three are anything but employee-friendly, especially after the pandemic.

It’s also fascinating that none of Elon Musk’s various companies made that list, but again Musk has a reputation for treating employees poorly. During the pandemic, he resisted safety directives from California and has since moved his headquarters to Texas, which comes down to California in employee care and sustainability efforts. Musk clearly has his priorities, and he puts employee care and consistency down to where most big tech companies do.

Now it Not there Ironically, tech companies are all about metrics, and they measure almost everything. Dell has been particularly aggressive in implementing metrics over the years and reflecting what was important to stakeholders (employees, customers, partners, investors) and driving policies that would benefit them.

Why is Musk’s lack of ESG focus ironic?

Hyperloop, and Tesla in particular, has a close relationship with sustainability because governments’ focus on eliminating fossil fuel use and improving sustainability has created huge opportunities for electric car sales and for people at large like the Hyperloop. Justification has been created.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that, even if this isn’t real, Musk will be a huge supporter of ESG efforts as he supports the approval of projects like the Hyperloop and the sale of electric cars. Furthermore, with those particularly interested in electric cars, buyers are big believers in the “S” of sustainability and are more likely to invest in solar power, as with Tesla’s Solar City subsidiary.

When the first truly next-generation electric cars hit the market in 2024, Tesla will face unprecedented competition. Buyers will not only have a wider choice of electric vehicles, but will also choose the companies they support. Given their interest in sustainability, they are more likely to choose a green company.

Starting with BMW, a firm that has emerged as the most technology-forward in the car industry, many companies are already greener than Tesla. To be clear, Tesla should lead on ESG, and instead, it lags miserably in this practice, suggesting Tesla buyers should choose a greener brand regardless of sustainability.

This year, Musk’s Twitter move has hurt Tesla stock, and Musk’s ways of dealing with employees who view his actions as negative, setting the bar for employee care and food, not to mention good governance We do.

In contrast, companies like Dell not only promote negative feedback but collect and use it to make better future decisions. Removing people who point out your mistakes usually ends badly because it destroys employee trust and support, even if the criticism is false, which was not the case with SpaceX.

wrapping up

What I find surprising is that both Michael Dell and Elon Musk are on record for believing climate change to be real and to protect mankind as one of the most important things to fight for. It’s just that Dell has moved aggressively to address the challenge by reducing consumption, assuring green energy sources, and building deeper sustainability projects like the Concept Luna.

Conversely, Musk thinks it shouldn’t be a priority for companies, even though they would benefit more from Dell because of subsidies and incentives related to their firms and their products.

I guess it comes down to how both men approach their jobs. Michael Dell takes his position seriously, is very focused, and judges on the data surrounding everything Dell Technologies does. Musk, by contrast, seems to be making decisions based on the moment and his gut, which hasn’t been working out well for him or his companies lately and, as I see it, bases his position on ESG. is formed.

Nothing makes Dell Technologies compete with Musk’s companies, and either can be a customer of the other. But as a provider, Tesla couldn’t comply with Dell’s ESG-focused supply network, while the ability to massively cut Dell’s operating costs should be visible to Musk’s companies.

In short, Dell’s focus and support for ESG is making the company more successful, while Musk’s opposite position only reinforces the idea that he has become a liability to his firms. If you are watching “House of the Dragon”, you are witnessing the death of a dynasty because of a lie that no one believes. The same problem is with Tesla’s stability. Once the true competition is revealed, I suspect it will be better for that firm than the young princess with a wandering eye in “House of the Dragon.”

Technical Product of the Week

DALL-E 2 . with Microsoft Designer

One of the biggest problems for many of us is finding a suitable open-source picture or figuring out how to pay for an image that is not in the public domain.

Many of us create our own web pages or try to create illustrations to go with a paper or powerpoint presentation. Often, the result is useless. When I was working for large companies, executives with access to graphic designers were often considered more competent than others who didn’t, regardless of the quality of their work.

OpenAI’s DALL-E, now in its second generation, creates images from your related text. You describe what you want, and DALL-E makes it. Last week at Microsoft Ignite, Satya Nadella announced that DALL-E 2 would be embedded in a new addition to Office 365 called Microsoft Designer.

The tool uses a combination of text-to-image AI technology and nested menus to help you quickly create an image, presentation page, or professional-looking ad in a fraction of the time it takes a graphics designer to spin up So to receive.

This kind of solution has been my dream since childhood. I can imagine and describe a picture I want to make, but even though my mother and first stepmother were artists, I still can’t make a picture to save my life.

Sadly Microsoft Designer isn’t available yet, although I signed up to be an early user here. I hope the designer sets the tone for AI updates on other Microsoft products.

Imagine that your PC writes a paper based on your outline or Excel creates a spreadsheet template or form based on the details of what you want. I expect the new “killer feature” in Office to do most of the heavy lifting for the platform once you figure out what you want.

Granted, many people struggle with how to communicate what they want. Therefore, learning Boolean logic for searching the web, building up your ability to make precise descriptions of what you want, will be an important future skill for success.

Finally, Microsoft Designer with DALL-E 2 was my favorite announcement during Microsoft Ignite last week, and it’s my product of the week.

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